For Gabrielle Giffords and all those whose lives were ruined on January 8th, by an act of hatred...
I've been trying to come to terms with the contempt and hatred I feel seething through our society since I was a young boy.
I've also been consistently disappointed in my fellow human beings for as long as I can remember, and in myself for carrying within me seeds of that same toxicity which poisons hearts.
Is it any wonder we have so much insanity in a world where every innocence is promptly contaminated by the appalling gore of our collective misdeeds?
Like the people in this collage, we are all victimized by hatred, fear, and ignorance, including our own.
They made mistakes. After all they were only human, woven from the same imperfect cloth as the rest of us, but their common thread was compassion, and they died because of it.
As long as I live, no matter how ugly the world becomes, I will hold love and compassion in my heart, and do my best to reach beyond the atmosphere of contempt, bitterness, fear, and hatred which permeates our times...
...even if it kills me.
~Peace & Love~